These cased sets were common to
the gentry of both England and America. Silver mounted sets were a
sign of wealth and status. When traveling these would be carried in
holsters or saddle buckets across the front of the saddle. Smaller
versions were more often carried in coat pockets. Sets like these
were most often imports from London or Birmingham and were the
culmination of 20 or 30 specialists each doing a small portion of
the work. Cased sets usually came with cleaning and loading
accessories fitted in the case.
On this set, everything but the barrels,
locks and case hardware were made in my shop. These are brass mounted in curly
maple. The barrels are 9" and are .50 caliber rifled. The case is mahogany.
Included is a two piece rosewood cleaning rod with jag, bullet mold, leather
covered flask, turn screw (screw driver), powder measure and oil bottle. These
guns were a little dusty when I photographed them.
Cased pistols prices start at $8000 for a
plain pair. A set as pictured below would run $12,000 as they
constitute about 300 man-hours to produce.